Realizing My Sleep Apnea Was A Problem

Avoiding Sleep Apnea Treatment

It’s often easy to bury your head in the sand about a medical condition such as sleep apnea. It tends to creep up on you slowly, while all the time your body becomes less and less efficient, and you spend more time sleeping then you do living life. Only those around you will really suffer, until eventually something has to give.

I now look back on all those years I had untreated sleep apnea and just shake my head – why didn’t I do something earlier?

Knowing now as I do that it’s really easy to get treatment, and that I’d feel like an entirely new man (like I did when I was in my teens or early 20’s) I really should have gone to a doctor sooner.

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Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea

Do you struggle to sleep well? Do you have trouble remembering the last time you woke up feeling refreshed from sleep, or is your snoring driving your partner crazy – or worse, driving them out of the bedroom altogether?

You might be one of the estimated 12 to 18 million people – in the US alone! – who suffer from a chronic sleep disorder such as sleep apnea. You’ve probably heard the term, or maybe even know someone who has been diagnosed with the condition. But what is it exactly? According to the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research (NCSDR), sleep apnea is a condition in which you experience breathing “pauses” when you sleep. These can last between just a few seconds, to a terrifying few minutes (try holding your breath for a few minutes and you’ll understand why this is a scary idea). After such an event your body’s natural instinct to keep you alive will kick in, meaning you’ll take a breath, but it might sound more like a choking sound.

Symptoms can vary between people, and you can be diagnosed from mild to very severe sleep apnea. However there are a number of general symptoms that doctors keep an eye out for when considering a sleep apnea diagnosis.

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